CANTON - Borough council this week heard from an engineer regarding a planned upgrade of the Canton Borough Authority's wastewater treatment plant.

Recently, the borough authority voted unanimously to hire Uni-Tec Consulting Engineers Inc. of State College to proceed with the design and permitting necessary to upgrade the wastewater treatment plant.

Dennis P. Lingenfelter, a professional engineer with Uni-Tec, spoke to borough council at its regular monthly meeting this week.

He said he is conducting a required "special" study, which must be done for the upgrades at the plant. He said the study will hopefully be ready to be brought to council in about two months. The company is just in the beginning stages of the work.

Lingenfelter said it will be advertised in the newspaper and the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

"I just want to let you know it's coming," he said, noting that updates will be provided.

Lingenfelter noted that an Act 537 plan is in place for Canton. He explained that Act 537 was passed by the legislature and it controls all sewage planning.

Because changes are being made to the treatment plant, he said, an amendment is required to the Act 537 plan.

With the upgrade, worn-out equipment is being replaced, and the system is being upgraded to meet the Chesapeake Bay requirements.

Authority manager Les Hilfiger, who also attended the meeting, noted that the borough authority has to have a design for the work before it can apply for funding. Hilfiger didn't think the budget sequestration would be an issue in the effort to secure state and federal funding. He thought impact fee money could be used as well.

Currently, the plant has a rated capacity of 390,000 gallons a day, and it only uses only an average of 150,000 a day.

Eric Hrin can be reached at (570) 297-5251; email: